Stephen Harper: ‘Canada will never be intimidated’

A transcript and raw video of the PM’s remarks to the nation


 
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The following is a transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the nation tonight.

Mes chers compatriotes, my fellow Canadians, for the second time this week, there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Cpl. Cirillo was killed today, murdered in cold blood, as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives, so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.

Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.

Tonight, we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks.

Fellow Canadians, we’ve also been reminded today of the compassionate and courageous nature of so many Canadians like those private citizens and first responders who came to provide aid to Cpl. Cirillo as he fought for his life, and of course the members of our security forces in the RCMP, the City of Ottawa Police and in Parliament who came quickly and at great risk to themselves to assist those of us who were close to the attack.

Fellow Canadians, in the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.

We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and on our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. But let there be no misunderstanding: we will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.

In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores. They will have no safe haven.

While today has been without question a difficult day, I have every confidence that Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges. Together, we will remain vigilant against those at home or abroad who wish to harm us.

For now, Laureen and Ben and Rachel and I join all Canadians in praying for those touched by today’s attack. May God bless them and keep our land glorious and free.


 

Stephen Harper: ‘Canada will never be intimidated’

  1. He grew up Michael Joesph Hall in Quebec. In the past ten years he had been arrested numerous times for drug possession and robbery and recently had his passport seized after being designated a ‘high-risk traveler.’

    Lone nutbar.

    • Emily,

      He was a lone criminal. It was his conversion to ISLAM that created the NUTBAR.
      You forgot that part.

      • James cart-before-the-horse,

        On my way to attend a catholic college I received one solid bit of advice from the old man: stay away from converts; they’re bad news. In other words, the desire for a totalizing idea is often the mark of emotional imbalance.

        Don’t let your fear/hatred of a single religion cloud what is an elementary path: he was unstable and was looking for answers. Just as you have embraced casuistry in order to simplify a complex world, this poor nutbar was attempting to do the same. His path took a decidedly violent direction; your path just goes around in circles.

        • 2ndTenor

          If this “poor” nutbar could have avoided Islam…he would have just been another unemployed loser smoking pot in the park, and voting NDP.

          It was his introduction to ISLAM that made him a dangerous nutbar.

          I know as a good Liberal or NDP’er, that you believe in moral equivalency, but here’s a tidbit you may want to consider.

          The vast majority of mayhen in the world today can be traced to ISLAM. There is no denying it.

          If the poor “nutbar” as you describe him had instead converted to Judaism, the chances of him doing what he in fact did do…would be nil. If he had converted to Christianity…he’d just be another pest at your door handing out pamphlets.

          Make not mistake…the problem is ISLAM. Read the Quran. There is no such thing as a moderate devout muslim.

          But just keep making comments like your last…..as I think we know you are doing it more to make yourself feel inclusive and morally superior, but the fact is you are simply deluded.

          • There have been lots of crazies taking up arms in the name of just about every religion. Islam does not hold a monopoly. There are plenty of wing-nut Christians who do things in the name of faith.

            And at this point, we have only circumstantial evidence that his newfound faith was the reason for his actions. It seems a logical conclusion – but people also once thought it was self-evident that the world is flat.

            I strongly suspect that he was acting on the encouragement of Islamic State – but I haven’t yet closed the door on other possibilities. And I don’t blame an entire religion for his aberrant behaviour.

          • Keith

            You are a perfect example of politically correct groupthink. While it’s true that some crazies from other religions become violent, even YOU must admit that the vast majority of mayhem and terrorism in the world is linked to ONE SPECIFIC religion far more than any other. That religion of course, is ISLAM.
            It can be no other way. Only the QURAN demands devout muslims kill infidels, or convert them, or force them to pay tax to simply live.

            Political Correctness defined:

            “The ability to not notice the obvious”

          • You know what I notice, James? There are a LOT of Muslims in this country. Not too many of them are going around killing people over their religion.

            Had lunch yesterday with a bunch of co-workers; we had people of most major faiths, from nearly every racial group and nearly every continent gathered around that table. All friendly with one another. No, the Muslims weren’t threatening to kill the infidels; they were having fun and engaged in the conversations.

            I think you need to get out and meet people who aren’t white and (nominally) Christian; you clearly don’t actually know any such people.

          • KeithBram wrote:
            “You know what I notice, James? There are a LOT of Muslims in this country. Not too many of them are going around killing people over their religion.”

            (please note: Keith obviousy hasn’t been following Canadian news for the last 15 years, as he seems to forget about the Toronto 18, the via rail conspirators, etc.)

            And what you fail to notice, Keith….is that a LOT of Muslim’s also condone the actions of these terrorists;even though they may not engage in violence themselves. I’m sure you’ve seen the survey’s showing that MANY Canadian muslim’s sympatize with terrorism…..but to your point.

            Much of my family is as you describe “non-white”…so i don’t need to get out to meet them. I just go to the reunions.

            The Muslim’s you need to worry about….are the ones who PRACTICE Islam. I fill out my paperwork as “christian” when asked, though I am an ahiest. I know “muslims” who do identify as such, but they are not practicing muslims.

            Here’s the difference.

            Practicing Christians…..can be preachy, but are generally more polite and caring than the average Canadian.

            Practicing Muslim’s on the othe hand……..tend to dislike Canadian values, and wish to impose their view on the word (and Canada) through Sharia Law. Just look at Toronto.

            Just keep your hand in the sand, Keith……the folks who pose the greatest threat depend upon their ability to keep you in the dark about their actual intentions. Seems like they’re doing a good job with you.

          • Sorry James – at least one of those at the table was a practicing Muslim.

            On the Trudeau story, I replied earlier and pointed out that the number of Muslims arrested or killed for engaging in terrorist activities on Canadian soil – and yes that includes ALL the Toronto 18 (though some weren’t convicted) AND the train plotters – make up less than 0.0024% of the Canadian Muslim population.

            Unless I’m drastically mistaken, the two soldiers killed last week are the only fatalities on Canadian soil – ever – from Muslim terrorist attacks.

            We average between nine and ten deaths per year from lightning strikes, from an average of about 2 million strikes, or about twice the Muslim population.

            Do we need to be vigilant about the possibility of radicalized Muslims attacking us? Yes. And I think our government agencies are doing a pretty good job at that. Perfection is an impossibility.

            But until the odds of being killed by a terrorist exceed the odds of being killed by a lightning strike, I think your generalized fear and loathing of all Muslims is a WEE bit over the top.

          • Keith wrote:

            “Sorry James – at least one of those at the table was a practicing Muslim.”

            Being a practicing Muslim doesn’t mean he’s going to become a terrorist, but then you need to consider that betwee 66% and 89% of Muslim’s surveyed agree with the interpretation of the Quran which demands Muslim’s who leave the faith should be killed. women who are raped are to be killed, gays are to be killed, non-Muslim’s need to be killed…etc..etc…etc……

            ask your Muslim friend how he feels about it. (and note: The Quran does state that you are to lie to non-Muslim’s when necessary)

            More from Keith:

            “On the Trudeau story, I replied earlier and pointed out that the number of Muslims arrested or killed for engaging in terrorist activities on Canadian soil – and yes that includes ALL the Toronto 18 (though some weren’t convicted) AND the train plotters – make up less than 0.0024% of the Canadian Muslim population.”

            and paul Bernardo and Clifford Olson make up an even smaller percentage. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put them in jail. and again, I’ll refer you to the number showing a MAJORITY of Muslim’s are hostile to Canadian values.

            More:

            “Unless I’m drastically mistaken, the two soldiers killed last week are the only fatalities on Canadian soil – ever – from Muslim terrorist attacks”

            Wait until hey get their act together,Keith. I’m sure when more attacks occur, you’ll revise your numbers accordingly; though I’m just as certain you’ll be eager to once again downplay the threat. But try this……how many PEOPLE outside of Canada have been killed by Muslim terrorists? As for the small number of Canadians killed by Terrorists…it’s because we’ve stopped most of them before they could act.

            More:
            “We average between nine and ten deaths per year from lightning strikes, from an average of about 2 million strikes, or about twice the Muslim population.”

            No one directs lightning where to strike, Keith…or who to strike. It is an act of nature. Islamic nuts however, know exactly where to strike and WHAT to strike. anyone who is NOT MUSLIM….any where.

            More:
            “Do we need to be vigilant about the possibility of radicalized Muslims attacking us? Yes. And I think our government agencies are doing a pretty good job at that. Perfection is an impossibility.”

            True, I don’t think we can stop ALL of the terrorist attacks, but we can certainly do a better job of preventing them. Namely, if you want to stop terrorist attacks in Canada….stop importing terrorists from abroad and giving them citizenship. (and passports)

            finally:

            “But until the odds of being killed by a terrorist exceed the odds of being killed by a lightning strike, I think your generalized fear and loathing of all Muslims is a WEE bit over the top.”

            Keith, when the next attack by terrorist occurs, and is more “successful” than the lighting to which you refer, I want you to remember this post and your foolish analogy. By the way….how many lighting strikes would it have taken to get the same numbers as those killed in terorrist attacks around the world to date? What about New York attacks? How many strikes to get the numbers who would have been killed if the VIA rail attacks were not stopped?

            just asking.

          • James – please post the link that backs up your statement: “between 66% and 89% of Muslim’s surveyed agree with the interpretation of the Quran which demands Muslim’s who leave the faith should be killed. women who are raped are to be killed, gays are to be killed, non-Muslim’s need to be killed…etc..etc…etc……” Are you talking worldwide, or in Canada?

            Re Paul Bernardo and Clifford Olson: Yes, we locked them up. We didn’t stalk their friends and family, or try to have them deported. We didn’t assume that because these two were evil, then everyone with even the most tenuous ties to them must also be.

            You need to dial it back. Yes, there are legitimate concerns. All evidence is that the government is already doing a very good job of preventing terrorist activity. We already have very good screening of applicants trying to immigrate. Is there room to tweak and improve? Always.

            My own approach has always been that anyone who has passed the screening is welcome to come to Canada and be Canadian. Muslims – or anyone else – who come here to try to turn us into them should just turn around and go back; if you don’t want to be Canadian, no one’s forcing you to stay. Otherwise, I’m very much live and let live. You’ll need to show me some hard evidence that a person is acting criminally or plotting against the nation before I’ll advocate arresting them or kicking them out.

            Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I still believe in innocent until proven guilty. I believe in loving my neighbour as myself. And so I’m not going to assume (as you seem to) that inside every Muslim is a terrorist waiting for the right opportunity. Sorry – ain’t gonna happen.

            Looking forward to that link, James…

          • Keith…try this one for starters:

            It is a ink about Muslim levels of support for terrorism according to region. The link you requested may be harder to find, as it was reported on news. I’ll see what I can find.

            Go here: (there are dozens of such surveys at this site)

            http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/opinion-polls.htm

            (Ask your buddy if he was a participant in any of them)

          • Almost forgot, keith,

            as you seem to be fan of percentages…try this.

            take the percentages you see at the link…then consider the number of Muslim’s in the world today…….and figure out how many Muslims are in favour of terrorism and other barbaric acts.

            You know….just play with the numbers; as you are wont to do.

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